When it comes to monitoring the HVAC system at your office, retail location, or other commercial operation to ensure consistent, comfortable temperatures, you might think your best option is to keep an eye on the thermostat and pay attention to the interior environment. Published in 1965, Moore’s law, as it has come to be known, suggests that the overall processing power of computers doubles approximately every two years. If you haven’t kept your ear to the ground on building monitoring technology recently, it’s time to get caught up.
The growth of smart technologies has greatly enhanced the potential to monitor internal systems and even improve efficiency and performance. This is made possible with a variety of remote monitoring tools. You may already have a remote monitoring system in place for security purposes, and you’ve no doubt seen increased convenience and safety as a result. Why wouldn’t you make the same update to your HVAC system and enjoy similar benefits?
With remote monitoring, you could not only improve comfort for employees and customers, but you could also increase efficiency, catch and address problems early, and save money along the way. Here are just a few things you should know about the benefits of remote monitoring for your HVAC system.
What Does Remote Monitoring Include?
When you work with your preferred HVAC service provider to install remote monitoring tools for your HVAC system, you’ll enjoy a whole new world of information to help you better manage your system and your utility bills. As with traditional HVAC thermostats, you’ll get a gauge of the interior temperature, but some systems can also inform you of exterior temperature for comparison, and even give you temperature readings for every room in your facility.
If you have multiple thermostats set up for zoning, you can compare thermostat settings to actual temperatures to make sure your system is working as it should to heat or cool different zones. In some cases, you’ll have the ability to monitor other readings, such as oxygen/carbon dioxide levels, temperatures in ducts, air pressure in ducts and in rooms, the positioning of vents (open versus closed), and other information that could give you clues as to why a room is colder or warmer than it should be, or why your system doesn’t seem to be performing as it should.
All of this can only help you to optimize efficiency and create a comfortable interior environment for employees and visitors like clients, business partners, and so on. Not only can you monitor these readings via computer program, but many modern systems include the option to install an associated application for smartphones or other mobile devices so that you can check in or get notifications on site, on the go, and during off hours.
Having the ability to see what your HVAC system is doing at any given time is useful. Many remote monitoring tools provide even more options to optimize efficiency and performance. For example, you may be able to chart reading over time and view them as a graph, table, or other formats as a way to analyze building performance. This can help you to spot problem areas and correct them.
In addition, some remote tools offer a basic diagnosis of your system, alerting you when efficiency wanes or sending notifications for power failure, equipment failure, overheating components, compromised air flow rates, or other common issues. With this information, you have the opportunity to contact your HVAC service provider in a timely manner to address minor issues before they become major headaches, or alternately, to tackle outright failures quickly so your business operations aren’t unduly compromised.
Remote monitoring for your HVAC system can provide improvements to overall performance day to day, giving you the data you need to increase efficiency and minimize expense. It can also give you the early warning you need to avoid costly and inconvenient system failures. As a responsible property manager, upgrading to remote HVAC monitoring offers peace of mind. Data is knowledge, and knowledge is power. To find out how remote building monitoring can empower your operations, call Jarrell at 1-800-729-HVAC today!